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Letters to Jerome W. Archer

On 5 August 1957, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote two letters to Jerome W. Archer, Director of Libraries at Marquette University.[1][2]

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Continuous over-work since 1951 has begun to tell on me; and I am feeling rather exhausted. I have recently been ill; and I am obliged to cancel plans travel this vacation. [...] Leave of absence will, however, I hope, enable me to clear off before next spring some of the things that are now harassing me; and I am now making preliminary plans for the use of the time, and am trying to fix some dates.
J.R.R. Tolkien, Second letter to Jerome W. Archer (5 August 1957)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 509
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "J.R.R. Tolkien Collection: Other Tolkien Writings, 1911-1976", (accessed 25 May 2013)